By Tom Verducci
October 17, 2013
The ALCS between Jarrod Saltalamacchia's Red Sox and Jose Iglesias' Tigers has been very evenly matched.
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• Tigers DH Victor Martinez is reaffirming himself as one of the best pure hitters in baseball. Martinez is a tough out who uses the whole field from both sides of the plate and is a high-contact hitter. On June 28, shaking off rust after knee surgery, Martinez was hitting .225. Since then, including the postseason, Martinez is batting .376. With an injured Miguel Cabrera unable to provide much power and Prince Fielder still lost in a funk in which he cannot pull or drive the ball, Martinez has become Detroit's most dangerous hitter.

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